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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  November 30, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PST

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18 to party? it's way too early for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that thinks you should go with perry's proposal to raise the voting age to 21. i'm glad you're up for this this morning and watching on msnbc or listening live on xm radio. shoot me an e-mail or tweet me and let me know what you're doing up at this ungodly hour. or you can text awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for in wednesday, november 30th, the last day of november. there's a lot to tell you about today including joe biden in iraq marking the end of the
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combat mission there. plus, the laser focus of newsman brian williams. >> we have an announcement going on here in the studio. tom costello, we should advise our viewers there is no danger to us. we would love to make this stop. >> brian delivers the knightly news almost in its entirety as a fire alarm and announcement go off in this very building. we'll show you more of it later. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. new evictions in two cities as police clear out occupy wall street protesters in los angeles and philadelphia. more than 1,000 police officers descended on the area around l.a.'s city hall where demonstrators have been camped out for two months now. campers tried to hold their ground uching trash cans to barricade intrances. the demonstrators even climbed trees to avoid police. similar employee tests in philly this morning where police began pulling down tents at 1:00 in the morning. the police commissioner says he ordered the overnight raid in an
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effort to avoid disruption to the morning commute. officials say a half dozen protesters were arrested there in philadelphia. we'll keep you posted as we get in more pictures from both l.a. and philly. meanwhile, the iowa caucuses now just over a month away. the republican presidential field looks like it's becoming a two-horse race. this timeitch. the latest american research group poll shows gingrich topping the field in the state of south carolina with 33% support. impressive enough on its own. he's up 25 points as gingrich just as last month. romney in second place in that state with 22%. he's down three points since last month. gingrich rises in the polls. there is growing scrutiny into his bowork after he left congre. he maintains he wasn't a lobbyist even as a new report digs into his dealings. the "times" reporting that through his health care
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consultants, he made millions of dollars helping companies promote services while gaining access to government officials. the article points to meetings gingrich arranged between clients and officials noting the executives paid as much as 200,000 a year just to belong to gingrich's group. the center for health trance formation. speaking at a campaign event in south carolina yesterday, gingrich said he did not need the money bad enough to become a lobbyist. >> i did no lobbying of any kind, period. for practical reason -- i'm going to be direct, okay. i was charging $60,000 a speech. and the number of speeches was going up, not down. normally celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches. we were selling more. >> that's the defense. i was not a lobbyist because i was making so much money speaking, 60 grand a pop. mitt romney is downplaying the recent campaign surge by mr. gingrich, speaking to fox news,
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romney brushed off gingrich's endorsement for the new hampshire leader newspaper. romney saying he never expected to get that nod. >> you know, the union leaders have not always been happy with me. ibe terribly surprised. gingrich spent his last 30 or 40 years in washington. i spent my career in the private sector. i think that should be what the country needs right now. >> romney continued to defend himself against charge that's he changes his positions for political gain and did that while again taking a jab at gingrich. >> this whole stream of thought that you began with which is you need it to get elected. if that was the case, would i still be defending massachusetts health care? if i were willing to say anything to get elected, wouldn't i just say it was a mistake? i watched other people on the stage when they talk about the cap and trade policies. they say that was a mistake. when someone says i did this ad on global warming, that was a
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mistake. so they just dust it aside. and that makes them more attractive in a primary. i'm standing by what i did in massachusetts. the biggest issue that dogs me in the primary campaign, i'm absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state. i'll defend that. and i understand it. it has political implications. fit keeps me from winning a primary, so be it. >> gingrich was, of course, the one who did the global warming ad with nancy pelosi. the democratic national committee focusing its attention on romney, attacking him for changing positions in the ad we've been showing you this week called mitt versus mitt. romney discredits the ad saying president obama's team is threatened by romney's candidacy. >> it shows that they're awfully afraid of fatesing tcing the ge election. bring it on. we're ready for them. >> bring it on says mitt romney as the president kicks off his re-election ca an all time low.
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yesterday's daily tracking poll, bear in mind this is the daily tracking poll, it changes day to day, is at 43%. that is below jimmy carter's standing at this point in his presidency earning mr. obama the worst job approval rayiting of modern president at this stage of a president's term. herman cain taking stock, he says, of his presidential bid after an atlanta woman claimed a 13-year affair with the former godfather's pizza ceo. his announcement to staffers yesterday that he is "reassessing his campaign" triggered speculation he may be at the end of the road. he attempted to tamp down that act saying that team hc, the definition of reassess is to consider again, especially while paying attention to new factors. doesn't sound like dropping out. when asked by an nbc news reporter yesterday about his next steps, cain simply fell back on his most famous catch phrase. >> mr. cain? do you have any idea of whether
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or not you'll be continuing on with your campaign? >> 9-9-9. doing fine. >> 9-9-9 doing fine is the response from mr. cain. in a fund-raising e-mail to supporters titled stand with me, mr. cain acknowledged a friendship with the woman who he called troubled when ch he's done in the past and said her affair claims are false adding i helped her financially a few times. i thought mrs. white was a friend in need of a supportive hand. ms. white made it apparent she was abusing the grefriendship." he is working to determine if the latest allegations will prevent donors from supporting him from going forward. diplomatic personnel are being removed from tehran after demonstrators stormed the embassy. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: a terrifying mob
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attack. hundreds of people screaming death to england, storming the british embassy, breaking windows and running off with a picture of the queen. a violent echo of the takeover of the american embassy in tehran during the islamic revolution in 1979 when 52 americans were held for 444 days. iran's government tv covered it all live. a tipoff that the storm was backed by the militant regime. iran's russian allies joined the u.s. and others in condemning the attack. >> i strongly urge the iranian government to hold those who are responsible to task. they have a responsibility to protect diplomatic outposts. >> reporter: tehran's bureau chief is there. >> we have to assume that incidents like this have casted approval from the very top.
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spontaneous demonstrations are not tolerated here by the government and are crushed by an iron fist. last week they cult off all dealings with the central bank. much tougher than u.s. sanctions. >> iran is doing this because of the sanction. and the sanctions are pinching. >> reporter: there are other tensions. iran accused great britain, israel and the u.s. of assassinating a top nuclear scientists and mysterious explosions, suspected sabotage and infighting between the supreme leader and president ahmadinejad. >> andrea mitchell reporting. david cameron says iran's failure to defend the british embassy is a disgrace that he says will have "serious consequences." secretary of state hillary clinton is breaking new ground, becoming the first top american official to visit myanmar in 50
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years. the u.s. is looking to counter chinese influence in the country while pressing the military backed government for reforms. the visit represents an effort to expand america's reach in southeast asia as the obama administration winds down wars in iraq and afghanistan. and right now vice president joe biden is in baghdad on what was an unannounced visit to iraq. meeting with president nuri al-mali al-maliki. vice president biden reaffirmed the promise to withdraw the troops from iraq by the end of this year, a month from right now. still, he left open the door for iraq to request additional u.s. assistance if it is needed. s & p is knocking down the credit rating of 15 of the world's largest lenders including goldman sachs's citigroup and bank of america, stepping up pressure on those big banks. let's take an early look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. krns's jeff cutmore live in london. good morning. >> hey, good morning to you. yeah, 15 banks get their credit
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ratings cut by one notch. and it's a glittering power play of united states banks. goldman sachs, j.p. morgan, citigroup, wells fargo adding insult to injury perhaps. two chinese banks were upgraded. one of the other stories that we're focused on, of course, is the american airlines filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. i guess if you owe $30 billion in debt and you only have $25 billion in assets, you only got one course of action. and they finally said higher fuel costs and labor charges mean that they're going to have to take that course of action. should be okay for most passengers, though. the flights will be honored. >> they say they lost $10 billion in the last decade alone. jeff cutmore live in london, thanks so much. still ahead, syracuse won its basketball game last night. the real event was jim boeheim's post conference where he answered questions of child sexual abuse by his long time
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assistant coach and friend bernie fine. we'll let you know what coach boeheim had to say. and rick perry's records have not been updated since 1971. when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18. a clip can you not miss. a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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a big night tonight. 5:45 in the morning. that is the not yet lit christmas tree. but this time tomorrow will be lit. tonight is the big tree lighting on nbc.
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i'm told bieber will be there. i'm most excited about savannah guthrie is hosting with mr. al roker. let's get a check on your weather with todd santos. good morning. >> it looks like they're preparing for a ravenous crowd with the amount of barricades set up. keep that in mind. temperatures around for the lighting closer to mid 40s. gusty winds may make it feel like the upper 30s. meanwhile, new york city on the dry side of things. that's the good news part of it. boston, most of the rain channeling toward the north. portland, you're in the showers. back towards cleveland, you see light rain in the area. maybe the lakes are getting involved in the east and northeast. just southwest of buffalo. keep in mind if you're traveling through there. meanwhile, boston, 55. that's about the day time high for today. so maybe -- actually earlier on we had warmer temperatures. cooling down a little bit. be prepared for that.
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otherwise, some sunshine breaking out across the area. cooler the last few days. >> sunshine breaking out. we like to hear that, todd. >> the detroit lions find out if they have to play without all pro defensive tackle su who is appealing his two-game suspension for roughing up another player on thanks giving day in front of the nation. the league punished the 24-year-old star for stomping on the arm of smith. he denied he did anything wrong but then there was the video that everyone saw. he apologized to the fans a day later. the league will speed up the appeals process to give the lions an answer before sunday's game against the saints. su leads the league with nine personal fouls in since 20 10e including several flagrant hits. he's appealing the two-game suspension. college hoops last night. this wasn't that big. number three ranked syracuse stormed over eastern michigan, 84-48 last night in the team's first game since bernie fine was
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fired amid allegations he sexually abused three boys. after the game, head coach jim boeheim who worked along sign fein for 36 seasons spoke for the first time since the scandal broke telling reporters he fully supports the investigation into fein's alleged actions. >> there's an investigation underway. there are no charges. there are no indictments. there is no grand jury. there is no action being taken. when that is done, then we will see what has happened on my watch. my assistants worked for me and i have absolute say on everything that they do in the basketball program. what people do outside the program, i have very little if any control over adults. >> the early stages of this story boeheim forcefully defended his long time assistant fein but that changed as more of
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the accusations have become public. now two undefeat teams squaring off in the acc big ten challenge. duke visited ohio state in columbus. look who is there in the front row, lebron and dwyane wade sitting court side. james was booed loudly by the columbus crowd. first half, osu's aaron craft hits 17 points. ohio state starts the game on an 11-0 run. osu nice passing. the dunks. osu up 24 points at that point. didn't get any better from there. ohio state smacks duke 85-63. and the boston red sox have enlisted bobby valentine as the team's new manager. the former mets skipper spent six years in new york leading the team to a world series appearance in 2000. the red sox expected to make the aformal announcement in coming days. boston let go former manager terry francona after last season's epic meltdown where the
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team blew a nine-game lead to be taken out. now they get a good one in bobby valentine. at the top of the hour on "morning joe," mitt romney in an interview last night goes hard after newt gingrich now taking him seriously. gingrich is flying up the polls from iowa to south carolinament we'll have the latest on the two-man race at the top. that's coming up at the top of the hour. and when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch brian williams soldier through an on going fire alarm during "nightly news." congratulations. congratulations. congratulations. today, the city of charlotte can use verizon technology to inspire businesses to conserve energy and monitor costs. making communities greener... congratulations. ... and buildings as valuable to the bottom line... whoa ! ... as the people inside them. congratulations. because when you add verizon to your company, you don't just add, you multiply.
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news that amr filed for bankruptcy is leaving customers wondering if all the miles they racked up will now be voided. good news. the nation's third largest carrier says the ground breaking program to honor passengers will stay intact throughout the bankruptcy process. if you want to sound smart, tell your friends in 1981 american airlines launched the a advantage program that was the industry's very first mileage rewards for frequent flyers. and american also made history by the way in 1959 when it became the first usair line to offer coast to coast jet service with the boeing 707. enough of the real news. let's gather around the water cooler to hear rick perry urging
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folks to get out to the polls but only if they're 21 and he wants them six days after next year's election day. >> the fact is those of you that are sitting in this hall who are going to inherit this country are counting on usment those of you that will be 21 by november 12th, i ask for your support and your vote. those of you who won't be, just work hard. because you're going to inherit this. and you're counting on us getting this right. >> a couple things. 1971, voting age was changed to 18. that is 40 years ago by my math. and also if you go out and vote, i don't want to question the perry campaign strategy, but if you vote on november 12th, it's the monday after. i don't know if that's smart. i'm not a political strategist. mike? >> two weeks from christmas. that's difficult. we should revisit some of the figures. november 6th is when you're going to want to be out on the
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polls. and if you're 18 or above, you can be out there as well. so here's the deal on the fire alarm system in this building. you get the alarm but you also get an announcement that goes off. apparently you can't do anything to stop it, even if you're across the hallway hosting the "nightly news." here's brian williams last night. >> good evening. perhaps it's because of its name, for all the bankruptcies we've covered in this grim u.s. economy, this one gets your attention. you'll forgive us. we have a fire alarm announcement going on here in the studio. we have an announcement going on here in the studio. tom costello, we should advice our viewers there is no danger to us. we would love to make this stop. why don't you take it from our washington bureau? >> andrea, thanks. the fire alarm we assured everybody we have been given all the clear is back on. so bear with us here. >> thanks for bearing with us here and our difficult fire alarm problem. as we continue to deal with the fire alarm that is stuck, we press on, nonetheless with tonight's broadcast.
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because we are still dealing with this fire alarm problem in new york, we're going to go back down to andrea mitchell in our washington bureau. andrea misch will in our washington bureau during a rare moment of fire alarm tranqvist. thank you for being here us with and those of that you stayed with us. i'm brian williams. >> i'm picturing brian william going up with a chair with a hammer and just swinging at the fire alarm. still ahead on "way too early," why you're awake. everyone have their new blackberry from at&t? it's 4g, so you can do more faster. so, kathryn, post more youtube videos of your baby acting adorable. baby. on it. matt, ignore me and keep updating your fantasy team. huh? jeff, play a game. turbo-boosting now, sir. dennis, check in everywhere you go on foursquare. that's mayor dennis... of the water cooler. you're the best. liz, rock out to pandora. oh, no i'm an only child. and nick, you shouldn't even be here, you can do everything from the golf course. good? good. [ male announcer ] on at&t,
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doubts surrounding the winners of the powerball jackpot. a friend of the three connecticut money managers says they're fronting for a wealthy client who wants to remain anonymous. that was a quarter of a billion bucks. the plot thickens. we asked you at the top of the show what you're doing up at this hour. john tower has answers. >> we got a timid penny. it's mid morning here


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